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Avalanche Weekly Update - Dec. 12

Colorado gets set for another four-game week

by Danielle Bernstein /

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JOHNSON PLAYS 400TH GAME WITH AVS: Erik Johnson appeared in his 400th game as a member of the Avalanche on Saturday night in Florida, joining Adam Foote (760) and John-Michael Liles (523) as the only defensemen to play 400 regular-season contests in an Avs sweater. EJ appeared in his 600th NHL game on Dec. 3 against Dallas, becoming the first defenseman from the 2006 draft class to play 600 games.

BUSY DECEMBER: The Avalanche will play 15 games this month, including nine at Pepsi Center, which equals their busiest home December ever. Only twice before have the Avs hosted nine games in this particular month, also doing so in December of 2000-01 and 2011-12.

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Ryan Johansen, Scott Hartnell Expected Back Very Soon

Both Players are on Injured Reserve But Have Skated on Forward Lines Last Two Practices

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Predators could have some reinforcements joining the ranks as they head to Western Canada.

Forwards Ryan Johansen and Scott Hartnell, both of whom remain on Injured Reserve, practiced and skated in line rushes for the second consecutive session on Tuesday before the team jetted off to Vancouver in advance of Wednesday game against the Canucks. Johansen participated with Nick Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson alongside, while Hartnell skated with Colton Sissons and Austin Watson.

In addition, center Kyle Turris, who left Monday's practice after taking a deflected shot to the face, was also back on the ice for Tuesday's practice.

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Maple Leafs at Flyers preview

Matthews to miss second straight game for Toronto; Philadelphia returns home after sweeping road trip

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

MAPLE LEAFS (20-10-1) at FLYERS (11-11-7)

7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, NBCSP, TSN4, NHL.TV


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Center Auston Matthews will miss his second straight game for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

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Boeser keeps on rolling for Canucks

What you need to know to start your NHL day @NHL

Another game, another goal from Brock Boeser.

The Vancouver Canucks forward scored for the third straight game in a 5-1 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. It was his 16th goal of the season, which leads all NHL rookies; Chicago Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat is second with 12.  

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Avalanche Closes Out Road Trip Tuesday

The Avs and Capitals are both in the second half of a back-to-back set

by Danielle Bernstein /

The Colorado Avalanche wraps up a four-game road trip on Tuesday night, taking on the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena. It's the final meeting of the season between the two teams, who clashed on Nov. 16 at Pepsi Center, where the Avalanche earned a 6-2 win.

Colorado owns a 13-15-2 overall record against the Capitals (since 1995-96) with a 5-8-1 record as the road team in the series. 

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Gibson, Silfverberg boost Ducks past Hurricanes

Goalie makes 28 saves, forward scores go-ahead goal in return; Perry injured

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- John Gibson made 28 saves for the Anaheim Ducks in a 3-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Honda Center on Monday.

Logan Shaw had a goal and an assist, and Jakob Silfverberg and Derek Grant scored for the Ducks (13-11-7). Defenseman Andy Welinski had an assist on Shaw's goal in his NHL debut.

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Trending: Panthers get overtime win on fight night

Zetterberg ends drought, gets fifth goal of the season

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- The Red Wings and Florida Panthers came into the game in similar position, needing to get some points, especially against an Atlantic Division opponent.

Although the Wings had plenty of offensive chances, the Panthers forced overtime with a third-period power play goal and then defenseman Mike Matheson got the overtime winner on a rebound for a 2-1 victory at Little Caesars Arena Monday night.

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Panthers send Red Wings to ninth loss in 10 games

Matheson scores 2:02 into overtime, Reimer makes 34 saves for Florida

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

DETROIT -- Mike Matheson scored at 2:02 of overtime, and the Florida Panthers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Little Caesars Arena on Monday.

Matheson knocked in Nick Bjugstad's rebound after a turnover by Andreas Athanasiou. It was his first goal since April 6 in a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

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Halak, Islanders defeat Capitals, end three-game losing streak

Goalie makes 31 saves, Ladd, Tavares score 58 seconds apart in second period

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd and John Tavares scored 58 seconds apart in the second period, and Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves to help the New York Islanders to a 3-1 win against the Washington Capitals at Barclays Center on Monday.

Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders (17-10-3), who returned home after a 1-2-1 road trip and ended a three-game losing streak.

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Preds Give Rave Reviews of Garth Brooks Concert

Players Spend Saturday Night Watching Legendary Singer Give Amazing Performance

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There's a reason Garth Brooks has sold more than six million tickets during his current North American tour, more than any other artist on a single North American tour - ever.

With Brooks concluding his current trek - which began in September of 2014 - with seven shows at Bridgestone Arena, now through Dec. 23, and with a rare Saturday night off in the midst of their regular season, the Nashville Predators took advantage and were in attendance for the first of those seven performances in their home building.

After a private meet-and-greet with the country-music legend, the Preds headed to the arena floor to take in the magnificent spectacle that is a Garth Brooks performance.

The reviews are in, and needless to say, everything the Preds had heard was true - Garth might just be the greatest entertainer they've ever seen.

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